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A Coalition to Advance Health

The Future of Nursing WV (FONWV) is an action coalition comprised of a diverse array of stakeholders, charged with transforming health care through nursing by implementing the recommendations of the IOM report and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health framework. The FONWV is led by three co-sponsoring organizations, the West Virginia Nurses Association (WVNA), West Virginia Hospital Association (WVHA), and West Virginia Organization of Nurse Leaders (WVONL). The Sponsors serve as planning leaders in the development, organization and funding of the coalition, putting in place an infrastructure that includes an Executive Committee, Action Teams and Strategic Advisors.


Our Work

Our work is aimed at creating a culture of health in West Virginia, to make  our citizens and our communities healthy and prosperous. We do this by  implementing the Institute of Medicine's  eight recommendations as described in their landmark report, The Future of Nursing, Leading Change, Advancing Health. 

Our  five action teams  conduct various projects specifically designed to improve the nursing workforce and the health and wellness of all West Virginians


Our Funding

Future of Nursing WV is grateful to all of our financial supporters which include:

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AARP, 

The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation,

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation,

The Appalachian Regional  Commission,

The US Economic Development Administration,

The Sisters Health Foundation,

Logan Healthcare Foundation,

WV Center for Nursing,

WVU Medicine,

Valley Health System,

Charleston Area Medical Center, 

and our Individual and Organizational Members.

Patient with Healthcare Nurse

Our Stakeholders

Our Executive and Action Teams are made up of volunteer leaders, who are dedicated nurses and non-nurses representing diverse stakeholders. Our stakeholders include healthcare Institutions and systems, non-profit associations, businesses, foundations, education, government, grass roots coalitions and faith communities. Our  Strategic Advisors offer cross sector guidance and resources toward achieving the action plans.

Grants and Awards


  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation State Implementation, Sisters Health Foundation & Logan Foundation Grants for Online Nursing Education​ (2013-2017)

  • The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation & Sisters Health Foundation Grants for Strategic Plan Implementation​ (2017)

  • Campaign for Action National Innovation Award & The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation for the Nurse Entrepreneur Project (2018 to current)

  • The US Economic Development Administration (EDA), The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), The Claude Worthington Foundation for the Center for Nurse Entrepreneurship (2021-2024)

  • Campaign for Action, National Innovation Award, the WV Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC), The Center for Nursing, and The WV RN Board for the Health Equity Multi-Media Skills Training Project (2021-2022)


  • WV Non-Profit Association Excellence Award

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Nurse Leader Award

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Breakthrough Nurse Leader Award 

  • The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation Change Maker Award 

Future of Nursing Honorees

  • 40 Under 40- Emerging Nurse Leader Awards

  • 40 Under 40- Emerging Nurse Leader Awards 

  • 40 Over 40- Nightingale Awards


Future of Nursing WV Action Coalition Participating Groups.

Each of these partners has contributed time, talent, and/or resources to the Future of Nursing WV.

Direct Healthcare

WVU Medicine

Charleston Area Medical Center

Meridian/Highland Hospital

FamilyCare Health Centers

VA Medical Center

Monongalia Health System

Mon HealthCare

Valley Health Systems

Preston Memorial Hospital

Davis Medical Center

Camden Clark Medical Center

Mon General Hospital

Montgomery General Hospital

Fairmont Regional Medical Center

Logan Regional Medical Center

Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center

Cornerstone Healthcare

Cabell Huntington Hospital

St. Mary's Medical Center

St. Josephs Hospital

Thomas Health

United Hospital Center

Trinity Health Care, Romney,  WV

Phoenix Rising Health Care, Fairmont, WV 


Grassroots Coalitions

West Virginians for Affordable Healthcare

West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families         

Try This WV

WV Partnership for Elder Living

Read Aloud WV

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Spirits


Future of Nursing Campaign for Action 

West Virginia University

West Virginia University at Parkersburg 

Bridge Valley Community & Technical College

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College

University of Charleston

Kanawha County Schools

St. Mary's Center for Education

Shepherd University

Wheeling Jesuit University

Bluefield State College

Alderson Broaddus College

Wesleyan University

New River Community College

Marshall University

West Virginia State University 


Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

WV Health Education Foundation

Sisters Health Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Logan Healthcare Foundation


McKinley Carter Wealth Services
WV Center on Budget and Policy


Brickstreet (Encova) Insurance

Center for Rural Health





WV Hospital Association

WV Organization of Nurse Executives

West Virginia Nurses Association

WV Association of Nurse Anesthetists

WV Non-Profit Association

American College of Nurse-Midwives WV Chapter

Advanced Practice Nurses-Upper Ohio Valley

Association of Deans & Directors of Nursing Education



WV Higher Education Policy Commission

WV Board of Education

WV Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nursing

WV Center for Nursing

Bureau of Business and Economic Research

WV Division of Public Health

Small Business Development Center

Berkley County Health Department

Betty Ireland, former Sec. of State (Advisor)

US Economic Development Administration

Appalachian Regional Commission





Faith Community

WV Council of Churches

Immaculate Conception Nurse Ministry

Partnership of African American Churches

Faith in Action

Updated 05/14/2022